A Matter of Paradigm

Watching an old TCM movie this morning, there was a reference to the 1920’s ‘Sennett Bathing Beauties’. Curious, I search the internet to find out more and discover several old photos of this group of ladies. The pictures show several attractive, young women enjoying their prime of life in the very latest styles of swimwear from a century ago. Scratching my grey beard, this interesting observation floated into my mind… that girls of that time obviously knew they were good-looking and didn’t feel the need to ‘show it all’ to every Tom, Dick and Harry, as many feel they must today. Turning the TV to an old John Wayne western, I clear my thoughts…

late morning sun
warms the white sand…
a dropped beach ball

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Photo by Mack Sennett Comedies

Sennett Bathing Beauties circa 1920

The Dead Leaf

One of my greatest joys is wandering along trails in Louisiana’s swamps and woodlands, always with my camera and hiking stick in hand. Meandering and communing with God amidst nature’s solitude and beauty almost always brings my soul the peace, quiet and happiness it seeks. It is winter now and, after several frosts, the deciduous trees and shrubs have shed most of their leaves. A fresh north wind carries the scent of a campfire as it swirls the dry leaves. A single leaf struggles to hold fast to a cypress branch…

a dead leaf

hanging from the bare cypress…

gusting wind

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